New EU legislation on IoT may be in the pipeline for 2016


According to this source, in November 2015, in a discussion on the  Internet of Things (IoT) policies, Thibaut Kleiner (head at the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG Connect)), said this is for a the EU “key moment in policy in relation to IoT”.

Kleiner questioned whether the IoT should be addressed with a specific piece of legislation, or whether it would be sufficient to add elements to legislative plans already in the pipeline, like for example the Digital Single Market (DSM). He expects a decision on the best approach to regulate IoT by early 2016, and a document – probably in the form of a communication – to be issued by summer 2016.

According to Kleiner, the Commission will look into the following key areas: free flow of data, standardization, data protection, telecommunications, and authentication of objects.

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For more information, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal

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